Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Mary Dobrea-Grindahl, Diplôme Supèrieur

January 14 — 15, 2018

SOLFÈGE: Jaques-Dalcroze solfège is a unique approach to ear-training when effectively used will greatly improve improvisation skills. The Weekend Intensive Two will focus primarily on solfège in the harmonic minor, the triads in inversion, the pentachord, and the First espece (seventh chords) in major and in harmonic minor. IMPROVISATION: Jaques-Dalcroze improvisation is yet another distinctive approach to music making which is specially designed to incite movement through the use of subtle techniques employed with the voice, hand drum, but most importantly at the piano. We explore these techniques in depth through melody, harmony, and rhythm. Incorporated are suggestions for continued study and practice procedures. EURHYTHMICS: Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics is the application of specific tools that allow Dalcrozians to experience music theory, form, and analysis as specific physical sensations. We thoroughly investigate, analyze, and then link these sensations to the study of music and music theory.


  • 2:00 -  Eurhythmics
  • 3:30 -  Solfège
  • 4:30 -  Improv
  • 5:15 -  Supper
  • 6:30 -  Eurhythmics
  • 8:00 -  Solfège


  • 8:00 -  Breakfast
  • 9:00 -  Eurhythmics
  • 10:30 -  Improv
  • 11:15 -  Solfège
  • 12:00 -  Lunch
  • 1:00 -  Eurhythmics
  • 2:30 -  Solfège
  • 3:45 -  Improvisation
  • 5:00 -  End of day
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Mary Dobrea-Grindahl, Diplôme Supérieur, enjoys a multi-faceted teaching and performing career at Baldwin Wallace University, where she teaches piano, Eurhythmics, solfège, and courses in Creativity. She regularly performs as a solo and collaborative artist, with an affinity for music written during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


An active clinician, Mary’s workshops focus on using Eurhythmics to develop artistry. One of only 15 people in the US who holds the Diplôme Jaques-Dalcroze, Mary is the coauthor of Developing Musicianship Through Aural Skills: A Holistic Approach to Sight Singing and Ear Training (Routledge), which pioneers a new pedagogical method of teaching ear-training and the essentials of musicianship. She is a recipient of the prestigious Strosacker Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award at Baldwin Wallace University.

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